La Vuelta a Espana Stage 10 Preview
The La Vuelta a Espana comes off its second rest day as Tuesday's Stage 10 starts from Eliche and heads to Alicante. This individual time trial is mostly flat and offers scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Southeast Spain is nice this time of year. The course is 19.2 miles long for Tuesday’s “moment of truth.”
Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel expect to battle here yet again, but unlike Stage 1, this is all an individual effort. Could a rider like Mads Petersen finally get that stage win he has been looking for?
Let us examine the 10th stage to help with your cycling betting.
Remco Evenepoel A Shortening Favorite
Stage previews are here for the critical stages, and this one qualifies. This first flat stage in some time will feel welcome to some riders, but many others will feel the pressure. Now, as always, with any time trial that involves water, err the sea, there is the inevitable wind issue.
Temperatures should not be an issue for the riders but especially for a guy like Remco Evenepoel. He has handled the first week and changes almost perfectly. The second rest day allows him to ready his mind for what is ahead.
Because of how the 22-year-old Belgian rider took care of weekend business, there is speculation that Stage 10 might be a punctuation mark for Evenepoel heading into the next week. His numbers shortened quite a bit, and if he has the legs, the La Vuelta favorite can take more time out of most of the general classification riders.
Can Evenepol win Stage 10? Absolutely. Not even changeable conditions may matter.
So, the grand tour this year feels kind of like the “Remco Evenepoel Invitational”. The gaps are not outrageously wide yet, but the potential exists. There are a few longer shots to consider here as well. Keep that in mind.
Peacock will stream the stage live in the States, but the Olympic Channel will air the stage beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Do not forget to check out the latest via Youtube and the GCN.
What Did We Learn From The Weekend?
Stages 8 and 9 saw Remco Evenepol extend his league on the general classification riders. Two top-five results put the young Belgian writer in an excellent position for Tuesday's time trial (Stage 10).
Even Primoz Roglic has fallen to nearly two minutes behind in third place. Enric Mas expects to lose some time in this discipline.
Some argue comes the next test for Evenepoel as he tries to adjust to “being the guy”, or the favorite. Can he handle the pressure? So far, his Quick-Step Team has been excellent. The Belgian cyclist does have a bravado with maturity few have seen. His time-trial pedal stroke rate is one of the highest this summer.
Final Words And Predictions
The books love Evenepol almost a bit too much. There is little value even at -310. That is the level of what a repeat champion might see. However, he is one of those riders who could back it up. Primoz Roglic has value, hovering around +1000 on FanDuel.
Two longer shots must be Mads Petersen (between +4000 and +5000) and Remi Cavagna (+2200 to +3000). Riders could crack some insanely high speeds. As always, we will be up early with more last-minute picks. Good luck!
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